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Another Look at Scramble Crossings

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, November 07, 2008, at 09:49AM
L.A. Times

A scramble crossing at 7th & Broadway in 1956.

Streetfilms today posted a video taking a look at scramble crossings in Los Angeles. Scramble crossings, also known as "all cross," "pedestrian scrambles" or "barnes dances," are intersections that have distinct phase where pedestrians may cross in any direction, including diagonally. Currently in use near UCLA and USC, the city plans to install several in the Fashion District.

As we discussed back in August, these new crossings aren't the first for Downtown. Scramble crossings first came here in 1956, and lasted two years before being dropped due to small effects on vehicle flow.

I make an appearance in the video, talking history at the corner of 7th and Broadway.


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